Originally Posted by dyzfunctioned
It also supports the reoccuring mentality of many fantasy hockey people of potential > proven. Byfuglien has hit 53 twice and was on pace for 66 last year. Doughty has hit 59 and had amazing playoff stats. Pietrangelo is a stud and still has room to grow, but his career high is still 51 points. Logic dictates that if someone/something has already proven they can achieve something, that they're more likely to be able to achieve it again than someone/something that hasn't. Yet this thinking completely goes out the window at times it seems.
this seem misguided. sure doughty had 58 points, but he did it 3 years ago. his last 2 seasons have been very disappointing. pietrangelo has been on an upward trajectory during this same time frame and finshed the last 40 games of last season nearly on pace with the mighty karlsson and finished with 51 points. one guy's stats have been getting better while the other has been heading in the opposite direction. does logic really say that doughty is more likely than pietrangelo to have a better season next year. maybe i should draft phaneuf ahead of both of them - he had 60 points a few years back. so did gonchar - maybe he will be available still in the 4th round. this just seems like a funny place to pull the proven vs. potential card. i can see it in cases of highly touted rookies, but pietrangelo. come on. and for the record, i see these guys finishing within a couple points of each other moving forward. two of the best in the whole league.